Unable to turn on your Samsung Galaxy S4? There could be a couple of reasons. It could be a buggy update which went wrong or it could be because of the battery failure or it could be because of an app which consumes heavy resources. You don’t know the reason unless you start troubleshooting it. As we don’t have access to the device, the best possible thing we could do is give solutions to the common problems faced.

Samsung Galaxy Not Turning On

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most reliable Samsung smartphones. However, there is no denial of the fact that it is old. 5 years is quite long in smartphone years, and a drastic change comes to technologies. Back then it was perhaps not even thought of that there would be phones running on 8GB RAM while they are getting common now. The S4 came out in early 2013 and is one of the biggest reasons for the phone not working could simply be wear and tear of the device over time.

In addition to that, other possible suspicions are botched updates, which lead to the phone being ‘bricked’ (unusable). It could perhaps be the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that has seen 4 years and has died now, or it could be a fault of the power supply or the power button.

Things you can do to turn on your Samsung Galaxy S4

We’ve mentioned the possible reasons which would stop your Galaxy S4 from turning on, Having a smartphone which doesn’t turn on could be annoying. In case you own a Samsung Galaxy S4 which isn’t turning on then, here is the list of solutions which you shall implement to turn on your device.

The below-mentioned solutions have been personally tested by users and people who work at Droidmen, but there are chances that it might not work for you, in case any of them doesn’t work for you, feel free to contact us at contact@droidmen.com. We will try our level best to solve your problem.

Perform a Soft Reset

One of the simplest and effective ways to try to turn your malfunctioning Samsung Galaxy S4 on again is via performing a soft reset on the phone. This can be achieved via removing the battery and placing it back inside. It is advisable to remove the battery and then press and hold the power button for a few seconds, to drain out any remaining electricity stored in capacitors/other components. Following that, place the battery and switch on the phone. In many cases, this is the solution to turn your S4 back on again!

Charge your Galaxy S4

Another probable and a very common reason could be battery drainage. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t turn on, try to charge the battery of the phone for half an hour. In some cases, especially with older smartphones, the battery tends to drain out quickly and charge slowly. Give it some time to charge and come back and check. We call it the cuppa-coffee method. Plug your phone into charging, make yourself a hot cup of coffee and stand in front of the window, and sip it away. After you’re done drinking it, go back and check. In many cases, this is the solution.

Usually, the red LED on the phone glows when your phone is charging. However, there are times when the battery is so drained out that it takes a while for the LED to glow. Also, touch the phone after a while to see if it is heating up. In case it is, unplug it immediately and take it to a technician.

Change your Battery

5 years is a long time, Back in time the apps didn’t take many resources, but these days the resource consumption is generally high. There are ways in which you can identify if the battery is damaged, one of them is “Swollen battery.” If the battery is swollen then there are good chances that it is a battery which is the reason. However, that might not be the case always. So, get in touch with your friends who use the Galaxy S4 and try to use their battery. If that works, then you shall buy a battery.

Change your Charger

The battery on your Galaxy S4 might have drained and the charger you are using is damaged or not working. A damaged charger can’t charge your battery, so there are chances that your device might not be turning on because of the charger. You can try using a different charger and cable to charge your device. If it turns on then, there are good chances that it’s the charger which has caused the problem.

Physical Damage: Wire Connection and Charging Slot

The phones get power supply from the battery, the battery is connected to the phone using some small wired connections, if there’s a disturbance in that, then there are good chances that the power from the battery wouldn’t be reaching the processing unit. There are also chances that the charging slot could be damaged, So if this is a problem, you should take your device to the service center. We aren’t sure about the amount you’ll be spending if this is the problem, but this problem was common among people who dropped their phone multiple times.

Boot Your Galaxy S4 into Safe Mode

Booting the phone on in safe mode turns off all the third-party apps installed on the phone. While that is not our objective here, we are trying to see if your Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t turn on in regular mode or in other modes too. Here’s how to boot your Samsung Galaxy S4 into safe mode:

  • Press and Hold the Power button
  • After the Samsung logo appears, release the power key and press and hold the volume down button.
  • Keep holding the key till the phone has completed the reboot.
  • If it has successfully booted up in safe mode, you would see ‘safe mode’ written on the bottom right corner of the screen.

Boot Your Samsung Galaxy S4 into Recovery Mode

If none of the above solutions work and your Samsung Galaxy S4 still won’t turn on, you can now try booting the phone in recovery mode and performing a factory reset. Note that doing this will result in loss of all data stored locally on the phone. Here’s how to boot into recovery mode:

  • Remove the battery of your Samsung Galaxy S4 and place it back in.
  • Press the following buttons at once: Volume Up + Home + Power.
  • You will notice the phone slightly vibrating. When the phone vibrates, let go of the power button, and continue holding Volume Up + Home.
  • Then the Android Recovery Screen will appear. This is when you let go of all buttons.
  • Use the volume down key to navigate, and select the ‘Wipe Data/Factory Reset’ Button.
  • Select it using the power button.
  • Factory reset will now begin.
  • After it is done, choose ‘reboot system now’
  • Press the power button again to restart the phone.

Boot into Download Mode

Before taking it to the service center or technician, this could be the last thing you shall try. Boot your device into download mode and if you see the “Download mode” screen. Then you shall try flashing the stock firmware using ODIN (The linked guide is for Galaxy S6, However, the steps are same, you’ll need to just download the firmware for Galaxy S4.), Do let us know if you see the “Download Mode” screen and we’ll get back to you with the firmware file and a flashing guide.

These solutions should ideally solve the problem of your Samsung Galaxy S4 not turning on. In case the problem persists, take your phone to a technician.